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A guest book created for a wedding held in the woods in this beautiful stone chapel.  The photo was taken by the groom-to-be and he sent it to me for use on the cover. This couple wanted the book to have a woodsy feel. The red ribbon page marker played off the red door on the chapel.

 

custom brown leather pine cone wedding guest book

 

stone chapel wedding guest book

  

- page size 7" wide by 8 and 1/2" tall

 - 40 pages (80 page sides to write on) of lined off-white paper

- stone textured endpapers (this exact paper is no longer available)

- dark red grosgrain ribbon page marker

- cover is dark brown goatskin leather

- raised panels on front and back cover

- inset photograph of wedding ceremony chapel printed on water and fade-resistant Epson professional photo paper

- pinecone on front and back cover added using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and blind stamping technique

- lettering on spine added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and blind stamping technique

- approximately $240

 

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dark brown leather stone church guest book front detail

 

dark brown leather stone church wedding guest book whole cover

 

dark brown leather stone church wedding guest book open

 

What to give the members of your wedding party?  In this case, my customer decided to give everyone hardcover cloth-covered journals, that were personalized with their names printed on the covers.  They also sent me the artwork from their invitations and I was able to incorporate that on a printed title page at the start of each book.  The colors used for the covers played off the colors in the invitation design.  Books made in quantity with cloth hardcovers and rather basic cover designs can be a unique and economical choice for wedding party gifts plus, they work for men as well as women.  Using lighter-weight paper for the pages and oversewing the pages on an oversewing machine also helped keep the cost down.

 

custom cloth set of bridesmaid and groomsman gift journals wedding

 

wedding party gift journals

   

- page size 7" wide by 9" tall

 - about 100 pages (200 page sides to write on) of lighter-weight white paper

- pages are oversewn on an oversewing machine to save time and cost

- printed title page with design from the couple's invitiations (the couple planned to write personal messages of thanks on the blank space of the title pages)

- pale green satin ribbon page marker

- cover is green linen book cloth over binder's board

- decoration on cover added using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and pewter stamping foil

- individual bridal party names added to cover using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and silver stamping foil

- approximately $30 each (in a quantity of 9) or $270 for 9 of them (this price depends on BASIC cover stamping and oversewn pages as well as doing more than 5 books at a time)

 

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hardcover wedding party giftbook journals front

 

hardcover wedding party gift book journals open

 

hardcover wedding party gift book journals all

 

This book was created for a ring bearer to carry during a wedding ceremony.  Instead of carrying a pillow, the ring bearer would carry this book with cutouts for the rings inside.  The wedding colors were purple and cream.  There had to be a very specific mountain range on the front that had meaning to the family.

The bride and groom were going to read their vows out of this book, so their vows were printed on the inside cover and first page of the book. The void inside for the rings is hand-cut (I don't have a machine that can do this...so it's not always perfectly precise) and there are thin purple ribbons to hold the rings in place.

 

custom ring bearer wedding book with purple mountain range

 

ring bearer's book with purple mountain range

   

- page size 5 and 3/4" wide by 8" tall

 - about 100 pages (roughly 1/2" thick)

- lilac endpapers

- printed vows inside the cover and on the first page of the book

- cut-out area inside for rings with purple ribbons to tie the rings in

- cover is eggshell linen book cloth and purple goatskin leather

- raised carved mountain range in leather on the front cover

- lettering on cover added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and gold stamping foil

- approximately $280

 

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wedding ring bearer book with mountains whole cover

 

wedding ring bearer book with mountains detail

 

wedding ring bearer book with mountains flat

 

wedding ring bearer book with mountains

 

wedding ring bearer book inside ring compartment detail

 

Created for a customer who had been looking for the perfect wedding album for a year and had not been able to find it. She wanted something very personal that also had a bit of an "old-style" look to it.  She wanted a tree of life on the front cover with intertwined roots in a celtic knot pattern, more celtic knots at the corners of the cover, a pentacle on the back, and a closure.  The pentacle on the back is raised, but set into a recessed area so that the book can lay flat on its back and not "rock" on the raised design.  Many hours were spent carving the tree of life for the front cover.

 

custom green leather celtic tree of life wedding album

 

wedding album with raised celtic tree of life

  

- page size 10" wide by 8" tall

 - 50 pages (100 page sides to mount photos on)

- cover is dark green pigskin leather over extensively carved binder's board

- raised tree of life with celtic knot roots on front cover

- raised celtic knots on front cover (corners)

- raised pentacle on back cover

- green leather thong closure (wrapping around riveted discs stamped with more celtic knots)

- raised cords on spine

- lettering added to cover and spine using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and silver stamping foil

- approximately $590

 

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dark green leather tree of life and celtic knot wedding album with pentacle

 

dark green leather tree of life and celtic knot wedding album with pentagram back cover

 

dark green leather tree of life and celtic knot wedding album with pentacle front closure

 

dark green leather tree of life and celtic knot wedding guest album with pentacle spine

 

Created for an Orthodox Jewish couple, this wedding guest album was made for guests to write in and photos from the wedding would be added later.  Several custom metal dies were made for the floral decorations and Hebrew lettering on this cover.

 

custom blue leather wedding album with hebrew lettering

 

antique blue cowhide wedding guest album

with hebrew lettering

   

- page size 10" square

 - 50 pages (100 page sides to mount photos on)

- cover is mottled blue "antique" cowhide leather

- raised panels on the front and back covers

- front and back cover decoration added using two custom metal dies, hot foil stamping, and silver and light blue stamping foils

- lettering on spine added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and silver stamping foil

- approximately $340 

- PLUS the cost of the dies used for the cover decorations (each die could cost roughly $100)

 

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blue leather wedding album with hebrew lettering front detail

 

blue leather wedding album with hebrew lettering whole cover

 

dark blue leather wedding album with hebrew lettering flat

 

I really like the taller, thinner, rather elegant dimensions of this wedding guest book.  My customer sent me a jpeg of the chapel photo and I turned it from a color photograph into a sepia-tone.  I also removed some distracting elements like signs and painted lines in the parking lot.  The copper lettering goes nicely with the sepia tone in the photograph and the decoration is blind stamped to be subtle.

 

custom black leather wedding chapel guest book

 

chapel photograph guest book

   

- page size 6" wide by 12" tall

 - 100 pages (200 page sides to write on)

- black satin ribbon page marker

- raised panels on the front and back covers

- inset sepia-toned photograph printed on water and fade-resistant Epson professional photo paper

- lettering added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and copper stamping foil

- decoration added using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and blind stamping technique

- approximately $225

 

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black leather wedding guest book with sepia tone church whole cover

 

black leather sepia tone church wedding guest book back cover detail

 

This customer wanted a wedding album that featured the tree that the couple was getting married under.  I warned her that it would not be a tree with individual leaves and branches; it would be a stylized version of "their" tree.  She sent me a photo of the tree (see photo below) and I worked from that.  She also had very specific wedding colors; rust brown and purple.  A rust/cognac color of goatskin leather was used for the cover and the endpapers were a predominantly purple marbled paper.  Tiny acorns are blind stamped at the top and bottom of the spine; alluding to the oak tree and the idea that this is just the beginning for this couple.

 

custom leather raised oak tree wedding album

 

oak tree wedding album

   

- page size 10" square

- about 30 pages (60 page sides to mount photos on)

- light tan heavy acid-free pages with the natural deckled edge left at the outer edge of every page

- purple swirl marbled endpapers

- burgundy grosgrain ribbon page marker

- cover is rust brown goatskin leather over heavily carved binder's board

- raised cords on spine

- blind stamped lines around the spine cords

- lettering added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and gold stamping foil (spine) combined with blind stamping technique (front)

- blind stamped tiny acorns at the top and bottom of the spine

- approximately $495 

 

wedding album oak tree for ceremony original tree

 

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cognac leather oak tree wedding album front cover

 

cognac leather oak tree wedding album flat

 

cognac leather oak tree wedding album marbled endpapers

 

cognac leather oak tree wedding album deckled page edge

 

A guest book does not have to be incredibly large or complicated in order to be personal. This couple sent me a great, informal black and white photo that could be cropped to a square layout (the same layout as the book).  The bride wanted pink accent colors so the endpapers and the ribbon page marker are a very pale and delicate pink.  The pages are blank and unlined and there is some silver decoration and pewter lettering on the spine.  Sometimes less is more.

 

cloth wedding guest book with informal portrait

 

wedding guest book with informal portrait

   

- page size 8" square

 - 40 pages (80 page sides to write on)

- pale pink endpapers (not shown)

- pale pink satin ribbon page marker

- cover is eggshell linen book cloth

- informal black and white photo printed on archival Epson professonal photo paper and permanently attached to the cover in a slightly recessed area

- lettering on spine added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and pewter stamping foil

- decoration on spine added using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and silver stamping foil

- approximately $130 

 

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eggshell linen wedding guest book with informal black and white portrait flat

 

This customer wanted large lettering on the front of her wedding album and, since it was large, I was able to do it as a raised design.  The raised lettering was cut from a separate piece of tag board and attached to the cover before the leather went over it and was worked down into the design.

 

custom burgundy wedding guest book with elegant raised lettering

 

wedding album with delicate raised lettering

  

- page size 10" square

 - 50 pages (100 page sides to mount photos on)

- heavy, acid-free, off-white Arches cover pages

- cover is burgundy pigskin leather over binder's board

- lettering on spine added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and silver stamping foil

- approximately $280

 

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burgundy leather wedding album with delicate raised lettering front detail

 

burgundy leather wedding album with elegant raised lettering flat

 

burgundy leather wedding album with elegant raised lettering open

 

This set of two wedding guest albums (where guests would write on the pages and photos would be added later) were created for a couple who had their first wedding ceremony consisting of a small gathering in Trinidad and a second ceremony in their native England. They wanted the two books to go together, but not match since each wedding ceremony had a distinctly different feel.  For the Trinidad ceremony, the cover of the album features a cocoa pod (a custom metal die was created in order to stamp this image on the cover in gold foil).  For the England album, my customer sent a line drawing of the church they were to be married in and that was turned into a custom metal die in order to stamp the image on the cover in dark brown pigment inside an antique gold frame (stamped separately).  The church image was sized to fit inside a frame I already had. The colors on the fronts and backs of both albums are reversed, with each wedding location stamped on the back cover.  The couples' names and the date of each ceremony for the corresponding album are stamped on each spine.

 

custom two tone cloth wedding guest album set with church

 

custom two tone cloth wedding album set with cocoa pod

 

contrasting wedding guest albums

for wedding ceremonies at

two different locations

   

- page size 9" wide by 10 and 1/2" tall

 - 40 pages of heavy acid-free off-white Arches cover (80 page sides to mount photos on)

- covers are brown and eggshell linen book cloths over binder's board

- cover decoration added using custom metal dies and hot foil stamping in antique gold foil and dark brown pigment

- lettering on spines added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and antique gold stamping foil

- approximately $580 for both

- PLUS the cost of the custom metal dies for the cover designs; approximately $120 each

 

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two tone eggshell linen and dark brown cloth wedding albums front detail 1

 

two tone eggshell linen and dark brown cloth wedding albums spine detail 1

 

two tone eggshell linen and dark brown cloth wedding albums back detail 1

 

two tone eggshell linen and dark brown cloth wedding albums spine detail 2

 

two tone eggshell linen and dark brown cloth wedding albums back detail 2

     
     
     

 

 

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